Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan, First Edition, Two-Volume Set, 1888

Sheridan, Philip Henry. Personal Memoirs of P.H. Sheridan, General United States Army. New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1888. First Edition. Two Volumes. Rebound in green quarter leather and cloth boards, with raised bands, girl tooling and titles to spine, and new marbled endpaper. Housed in a custom built archival slipcase.

This is a first edition printing of Personal Memoirs of P.H. Sheridan. A two volume set, the books were published by Charles L. Webster & Company in 1888. The riveting autobiography is highly illustrated, with 27 maps and 17 plates. The book is presented beautifully rebound in quarter green leather and cloth boards, raised bands, gilt tooling and titles to the spine, and new marbled endpaper. The two volumes are housed together in a custom archival cloth slipcase. 

Sheridan's autobiography is often considered one of the best firsthand accounts of the Civil War. In addition to his early life, Sheridan recounts three decades of military service including his decisive Civil War campaigns and later Indian campaigns. He also includes his controversial governorship of Texas and Louisiana. These personal memoirs of the famous Union General cover some of the most important moments of the Civil War and give the audience an insider’s account of events and the environment afterwards. 

Philip Henry Sheridan was considered one of the more aggressive leaders in Grant’s army. Given command of a cavalry unit, Sheridan was known for obtaining results for the Union forces. He successfully led the Shenandoah Valley Campaign in 1864, destroying much of the Confederate food supply, and put added pressure on General Lee’s army. During the conflict at Petersburg, Virginia, Sheridan led a cavalry group to seize a nearby railroad supplying Lee’s men and forced them to fall back, causing the final assault at Appomattox Court House the next day. 

Afterwards, Sheridan served as governor of Texas and Louisiana but was removed after his harsh treatment led to complaints. Instead, he was sent west to lead a campaign in the Indian Wars. P.H. Sheridan was an important figure in American history and his memoirs not only provide an interesting insight into his life, but also stand as one of the most celebrated accounts of the Civil War. 


Overall very good condition. Rebound in quarter green leather and cloth boards, with raised bands, gilt tooling and titles to the spine, and new marbled endpaper. Interior pages are healthy, with light toning and occasional spots. Decorated throughout with maps and printed illustrations. Both volumes are housed in a matching archival slipcase.

Book Dimensions:  9 1/4" H x 6 3/8" W x 1 1/4" D (Vol I).  9 1/4" H x 6 3/8" W x 1 1/8" D (Vol II). Slipcase Dimensions: 9 5/8" H x 6 1/2" W x 4 1/6" D. 

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